You can let him know that your health care provider wants you to protect your cervix from HPV, herpes, and other STIs. Aside from protection from STIs, condoms can also prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, healthy relationships are based on trust and communication, so you should be able to talk about how you feel.
Back to Your contraception guide. Knowing when you're likely to release an egg ovulate can help you plan or avoid pregnancy. Find out when ovulation occurs in the menstrual cycle and when you can get pregnant.
A male or external condom is a covering that fits over an erect penis, almost like a second skin. A female, or internal condom, is a soft, loose-fitting nitrile pouch that is inserted into the vagina before intercourse. Both prevent pregnancy and STIs when used vaginally and can also be used for anal sex to provide protection against STIs.
Precum or pre-ejaculation is a colorless fluid that comes out from the penis during sexual intercourse. The pre-ejaculatory fluid is secreted before ejaculation and it acts as a lubricant making it easy for sperm to pass through the urethra. Aside from that, this fluid neutralizes the acidity of the urine in the urethra that can harm the sperm. It also neutralizes the acidity in the vagina and lubricates the tip of the penis during intercourse.
Sperm can live inside your uterus for up to five days after having sex, and pregnancy can only occur if there are sperm in your uterus or fallopian tubes when you ovulate. For many women, ovulation occurs around day 14 of your cycle. For example, if you have sex toward the end of your period and you ovulate early, you can conceive.
Full disclaimer: No day is totally off limits when it comes to getting pregnant, but there are plenty of circumstances that make your chances extremely low. Most of us spend the better part of our fertile years actively trying not to get pregnant, so it's always an unpleasant surprise to learn that it's not actually that easy to conceive. The reality is there is a relatively short window during a woman's cycle that she can get pregnant whether or not she's on birth control or actively trying.
If you're not interested in having a baby right now, then you're probably following the ways to prevent pregnancy recommended by your doctor. Maybe you're on hormonal birth control. Or tracking your period. Or stocking up on condoms, so you're never without.
There are lots of myths and misconceptions about how pregnancy happens. Misinformation can cause unnecessary fear around sex and our bodies, and lead to unplanned pregnancies. Read on to get informed, so you can make the best decisions for you about sex, protection, and pregnancy.